It’s easy to research post-secondary schools through search engines, finding contacts and details online. However, an excellent way to personally connect with an institution is through student recruiters and the admissions office.
Student Recruitment Fairs
For prospective students who are looking to maximize their efforts while maintaining a focus on building a personal connection with various institutions, one of the most effective ways to do this is through participation in student recruitment fairs. Many high schools host individual and group visits throughout the year, however students can also look into larger education events that are organized by the Canadian Embassies and the Council for International Schools.
When participating in these events, it’s best to have a list of questions ready to make the most of your meetings. Much like a job interview, it helps to do your research beforehand, and also to highlight points of differentiation that will help you stand out from the masses. This could include steering clear of opening questions around scholarships before first checking to see what an institution considers to be the most attractive qualities in a candidate and what may be done to work towards this. It is also wise to collect contact details from the recruitment staff that you meet, and follow up with a personalized email, highlighting aspects from your conversation, reiterating your interest in the institution and requesting to keep in touch leading up to the application process.
Instagram and Facebook are (thankfully) not limited to selfies and photos of Sunday brunch. Most institutions have moved the conversation to a larger arena with a range of social media channels that invite prospective and current students to interact and engage in a number of ways. These channels are generally managed by recruitment and communications staff so if you’re looking for specific answers, this is the place to do it. Additionally, Skype chats can often be arranged with recruitment staff by appointment, so this is also worth investigating.
For students with a focus on art, design and media, a portfolio is an integral component in the decision-making process. Rather than merely reading through the requirements and submitting online while hoping for the best, students are able to connect with creative post-secondary institutions for portfolio critiques in-person through National Portfolio Day events across North America, along with online feedback via the AICAD Portfolio Review Portal.
Information Events and Campus Tours
In order to be able to fully visualize what life will be like at a respective institution, nothing beats being able to visit in person. Students will want to reach out via phone or email in order to inquire around on-campus events that provide insight into the programs, student life and post-graduate opportunities. Once these dates are noted, it’s also worth reaching out to the recruitment office (often housed in Student Services) in order to make an individual appointment with a recruiter to go over any remaining questions around entrance requirements, budgets, and what may be done in order to qualify as a desirable candidate.
Ultimately, connecting with an admissions department could be the key the best institution for you. Use the resources below to begin your search for your perfect college or university.
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